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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Advocacy

Advocacy can take place anywhere – from the lo’i to the White House!

Advocacy is an integral part of what we do at OHA.  During the 1978 State of Hawai’i Constitutional Convention that created OHA, convention delegates envisioned an agency that would not only provide Native Hawaiians with a form of self-determination, but one would also advocate on behalf of Native Hawaiians to address historical injustices and challenges arising out of those circumstances.  Chapter 10 of the Hawai’i Revised Statute outlines OHA’s duties and purposes, including promoting and protecting the rights of Native Hawaiians.

Click here to learn more about our 2022 Legislative Package.

STATE ADVOCACY

Eō! Let Your Voice Be Heard! – Engaging the Legislature

Click HERE to check out OHA’s positions on Measures this Session.

Click HERE to check out OHA’s positions on Resolutions this Session.

Find your Hawai’i senator & representative – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/fyl/
Senator & representative info – https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/members/legislators.aspx?chamber=all

How to register for an account – (See Below)
Video courtesy of the Legislative Reference Bureau

How to testify – (See Below)
Video courtesy of the Legislative Reference Bureau

How a bill becomes a law – (See Below)

During the 2022 legislative session OHA is pursuing two bills. The first is to hold the State of Hawaiʻi accountable for its failure to allocate OHA’s rightful share (20%) of Public Land Trust (PLT) revenues which is used to support programs for Native Hawaiians, and the second, called “Building Back Pono” strives to address socioeconomic disparities affecting Native Hawaiians as Hawaiʻi rebuilds post-COVID-19. For more information go to: www.oha.org/legislation

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